Kia Soul Named to 10 Best Family Cars List for Second Year in a Row

The Kia Soul has been chosen by Edmunds and Parents as one of the 10 Best Family Cars of 2018, making two straight years that the funky and stylish soul has made the list. In addition to its instantly recognizable personality, the Soul is spacious, affordable, and comfortable—qualities that make it ideal for families.

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According to Kia, the Soul was selected from over 300 new 2018 models across the industry, which makes this award even more commendable. Parents helped to judge the competition, as this magazine is a leader in virtually anything and everything having to do with families and parenting. Edmunds, the renowned auto-shopping site and information network, helps to choose winners based on value, safety features, and convenience above all else.

“Being recognized as a top family car by Parents magazine and Edmunds for the second consecutive year is a tremendous honor for our Soul urban passenger vehicle,” said Orth Hedrick, VP of product planning for Kia Motors America. “This is yet another testament to the world-class quality, value, and packaging we deliver to our customers.”

There’s a lot to love about the 2018 Kia Soul, especially if you have a growing family. And while we could tell you all about what makes the Soul shine, we think the best way for you to figure that out is by coming into Gossett Kia and testing one out for yourself.

A/C or Windows Down: Which Gives Better MPG in the Summer?

During the summer months, one hotly debated topic is whether it’s more efficient to keep the windows down or use the air conditioning. While the A/C typically makes the engine work harder, having your windows down can decrease aerodynamic efficiency. So which is better between the two? The answer, quite simply, is that it depends.

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According to Business Insider, there is no easy answer to the A/C vs. windows down debate. While experts can agree that neither is great for gas mileage, there are several factors to keep in mind when determining which of the two is best. This includes the make and model of your car, weather, and the speed you’re travelling. For instance, having the windows down has little effect on fuel economy if you’re going 15 mph. At highway speeds, however, it’s a different story.

Researchers for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) have performed multiple studies to find the answer. A 2004 study looked at sedans and SUVs at speeds of 31 mph, 50 mph, and 68 mph in 86-degree weather. While it was close, having the windows down was consistently better at all speeds than running the air conditional.

For an SUV, the results are starker. Having the windows down rather than using the air conditioning will save you a considerable amount on fuel costs. The team at the Mythbusters television series also tested this problem and found similar results.

Ultimately, if the Memphis weather gets hot enough, the correct answer to the debate between A/C or windows down is likely to be whatever keeps you feeling coolest. If you want to look cool, you’ll want to get behind the wheel of a new Kia, and you can start your journey in that direction by stopping into Gossett Kia for a test drive.

How to Prepare Your Car for Summer

Hot summer weather puts its own set of demands on your vehicle, and you want to make sure that you prepare your vehicle so it can be ready to meet them. Here are a few suggestions on how to prepare your car for summer.

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  1. Keep the heat down: In the summer, your cooling system is of the utmost importance. Before the hot weather hits, you should check the radiator for leaks or breakage, and make sure that you have adequate amounts of coolant. While driving in the heat, you’ll also want to keep an eye on the engine temperature gauge. If you force your car to drive while its engine is overheated, you can cause permanent damage.
  2. Check your air conditioning system: Inspect your air conditioning system’s belts, condenser, and fins. You’ll be happy to have this system working in tip-top shape when beastly hot weather hits.
  3. Swap out winter tires for summer tires: If you haven’t swapped out your winter tires yet, it’s essential to do before summer weather kicks into gear. Summer tires are the most efficient choice for the season, but all-season tires are perfectly fine, too—they just won’t perform quite as well as specialized summer tires.
  4. Check your vehicle’s towing equipment: Summer is the time of year that most families will tow their trailer, boat, or other outdoor gear, so you will want to check your vehicle’s towing equipment to make sure it’s in good shape and working as it should.

If you need help getting your ride ready for the road ahead this summer, stop into Gossett Kia. Our team of service experts has the tools and knowhow necessary to help you welcome summertime with arms open.

 

A Milestone Achievement: Kia Sells 5 Millionth Sportage

The Kia Sportage hit a major sales milestone in March, achieving the sale of 5 million units around the globe since its launch in 1993. The Sportage is the best-selling model in the Kia lineup, offering a compact SUV to drivers who desire SUV capabilities without sacrificing easy handling and maneuverability on the city streets. This sleek, urban SUV offers a dynamic driving experience that drivers are sure to love.

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“We are extremely proud to have achieved this milestone production figure for our global best-seller. The continued and accelerating popularity of the Sportage demonstrates the breadth of the car’s abilities and the strength of its appeal to buyers in markets all around the world,” said Ho Sung Song, Executive Vice President of Global Operations Division. “Since 1993, the Sportage has become a benchmark car in the compact SUV segment, and its success has also led to the creation of a diverse and comprehensive range of SUVs and crossovers from Kia—with other new models to follow in future.”

2017 marked the beginning of the fourth-generation of the Sportage, with the 2018 model making further improvements and advancements. The 2018 Sportage is engineered to be both powerful and capable, offering a standard 2.4-liter engine that delivers 181 horsepower and an available Dynamax™ All-Wheel Drive system to improve traction on rough terrain and slippery roads. Its sleek, fun exterior is sure to turn heads.

The Sportage’s exterior also matches its refined interior, offering an available 7- or 8-inch infotainment system with smart features like Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility. You can also elevate the Sportage’s safety by adding on available Kia Drive Wise technology, which includes smart features like Blind-Spot Detection, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Front- and Rear- Parking Assist to make parking a breeze. The 2018 Kia Sportage was named an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK, so you can rest assured that you’ve made a good choice for you and your family with the Sportage.

The best-selling Kia Sportage is a sure thing if you want a capable family vehicle that makes driving plenty fun. To experience the Sportage firsthand, stop into Gossett Kia for a test drive.

Best Large Car for Families Title Goes to Kia Cadenza

If you’re on the hunt for a large family sedan, you know you have no shortage of options at your disposal. To help cut through the crowd, the experts at U.S. News & World Report determine the best vehicles for families in each segment. For the second year in a row, the 2018 Kia Cadenza earned the title of Best Large Car for Families, cementing its place as the premier choice in its field.

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Competition

To earn this award, the Cadenza went up against eight other new large sedans currently offered by competitors. Each vehicle was evaluated based on its safety, seating and cargo volume, reliability, and the availability of family-friendly features. The Cadenza had the highest composite score in the Large Car category, earning it top honors once again.

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“Plenty of large cars can handle family duty, but none do it as well as the Kia Cadenza,” said Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor at U.S. News & World Report. “The Cadenza’s cabin has the space for car seats, but the kind of finishes that impress adults.”

Available Features

The 2018 Cadenza also left a lasting impression on the judges thanks to its available features like surround view camera, rear sunshades, heated rear seats, and a hands-free trunk.

Family-Friend Features

This large sedan was recently revamped for the 2018 model year and has a number of available family-friendly features. This includes driver assistance technologies like Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Warning.

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If you’re on the market for a spacious family sedan, there is no choice better than the 2018 Kia Cadenza. But don’t take our word for it—schedule your test drive at Gossett Kia and see for yourself.

Three New Kia Sedans to Test Drive This Spring

Spring is a time for a fresh start, and there may be no better way to kick off a new season with a new car. If you’ve been considering trading in your old clunker for a new Kia, these three new Kia sedans will make you feel like a completely new person.

Kia Optima

2018 Kia Optima

If you’re looking for several bells and whistles wrapped up in one good-looking package, then your hunt ends at the Kia Optima. The 2018 Kia Optima provides an upscale cabin and innovative tech at a competitive price. From a standard 7-inch touchscreen with an UVO infotainment center to smartphone integration available on every model, this mid-size sedan should be at the top of your list if you’re looking for a daily driver that will keep you connected.

2018 Kia Stinger

Though it’s only been on the market for a year, the 2018 Kia Stinger is making a lasting impression. This sports sedan boasts athletic lines, a punchy turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and either rear- or all-wheel drive, raising the bar for its segment. Add its incredible value and standard features like leather upholstery trim, a seven-inch touchscreen with UVO infotainment system, and the ability to select the drive mode you want, and this sporty car is ready to be let loose on the open road.

2018 Kia Cadenza

The 2018 Kia Cadenza is a sedan with near-luxury features no matter the trim you choose, boasting a well-built cabin that allows even tall adults to stretch out comfortably. It comes standard with several technologies, including Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, while those who want to have a bit more confidence on the road can do so with available driver assistance technologies like Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

 

The 2018 Kia Optima, Kia Stinger, and Kia Cadenza are just three of the best offerings in the current Kia lineup. To get the full breadth of what the brand has to offer, stop into Gossett Kia and peruse our showroom.

Tips for Driving in the Rain This Spring

If there’s one thing that April is known for, it’s showers. Not the kind that you take after a long day of work, mind you—the kind that make driving around Memphis a real pain. Rain is one of the more dangerous elements to deal with on the road, so before you are faced with setting out in a rainstorm this spring, consider these three tips for driving in the rain.

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Change Your Wipers

If your windshield wipers are leaving streaks, making squeaky noises, or failing to give you good visibility, then it’s time to change them for optimum visibility in the rain. You should be changing your windshield wipers about every six months as it is, so make April the standard for getting a new set of blades.

 

Understand Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning is when there is too much water on a surface for a vehicle’s tires to make adequate contact with the road. This can cause the vehicle to slip, giving the driver less control over the vehicle. Hydroplaning is extremely common, and it can be very dangerous if you don’t know how to adapt. The best way to respond is to let off the acceleration slowly and continue to steer straight until you feel that you’ve regained control of the vehicle. As a general rule, slow and steady should always be your approach when the rain’s a-fallin’.

 

Use Your Headlights

Visibility is typically very low in heavy rain showers, so it’s important to have your headlights on both to improve your ability to see and to help other drivers see you on the road. Think of it this way: if your windshield wipers are on, your headlights should be on too.

 

These are just some of the tips to consider the next time you head out for a drive in the rain. If you need a new pair of wipers, a fresh set of tires, or a nice post-rainfall detailing, be sure to stop in to Gossett Kia.

Five Facts About Memphis You Might Not Have Known

At Gossett Kia, we know our hometown of Memphis is filled with history, art, tasty food, and just about everything in between. Here are five facts about Memphis you might not have known—even if you’ve been living here your whole life.

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Memphis BBQ

If you’re taking a food tour around the states, you’ll find four types of barbeque, one being Memphis barbeque. Here, ribs are slow-cooked in a pit, then either covered with dry rub or a sweet sauce. There are plenty of great spots to eat in Memphis, but we recommend Leonard’s Pit Barbeque in particular.

 

Namesake

Memphis, Tennessee was named after the old capital of Egypt, which was located along the Nile River. No ancient mummy curses in modern-day Memphis, though—at least we don’t think.

 

Lyrically Speaking

According to The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, there are over 1,000 songs that contain the word “Memphis” in their lyrics. These include hits like “Going Back to Memphis” by Muddy Waters, “Going to Memphis” by Johnny Cash, and The Pixies’ “Letter to Memphis.”

 

“Home of the Blues”

Beale Street was officially recognized by Congress as the “Home of the Blues” in 1977, since it’s hosted blues legends like Louis Armstrong and Muddy Waters. Though it’s the home of the blues, it’s awfully tough to have a bad or sad time while walking around Memphis proper.

 

Johnny’s Humble Beginnings

Before his music career took off, Johnny Cash worked in Memphis as a door-to-door appliance salesman. Hey, we all start somewhere—even the Man in Black!

 

Gossett Kia is proud to call Memphis its home, and we’re even prouder to call you our family. If you are looking for a new Kia, stop in and see what we have to offer.

Kia Niro Powertrain Earns Award from Green Car Journal

For drivers looking for optimal fuel economy and lower emissions, the Kia Niro may be the car for you; in fact, the new Niro recently won the 2018 Green SUV of the Year™ award from the Green Car Journal. This innovative SUV offers plenty of space and impressive capabilities while also helping drivers get around more efficiently, so the Niro doesn’t ask you to sacrifice one quality for the other.

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The Niro earned attention from Green Car Journal for several reasons. First, the car has a massive range of styles and features to provide a truly one-of-the-kind driving experience. Second, the sophisticated powertrain is a great hybrid option that combines electric and gasoline power.

“We’re thrilled to have received this special distinction from Green Car Journal,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, planning & strategy, Kia Motors America.  “The Niro represents years of hard work by Kia to provide a hybrid that is fun, versatile, economical and a pleasure to look at and drive.  It’s immensely gratifying to all of us that the Niro is recognized by Green Car Journal as the 2018 Green SUV of the Year.”

The Niro beat out the competition, including vehicles made by Chevy, Mini, Mazda, and Volvo, among others. The Kia Niro powertrain is impressive, as it has up to 139 horsepower and it also gets up to 52 mpg city.* Plus, with UVO infotainment and a suite of safety features, the Niro is unmatched.

You can experience the award-winning Kia Niro in person with us at Gossett Kia.

*EPA estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.

Relieve Stress With a Drive

While some drivers only experience stress when they’re on the road, for many, driving can actually be a great way to relax. Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed at work or you simply want a getaway, taking a road trip could be right for you.Relieve Stress - Gossett Kia - Memphis, TN

According to the Huffington Post, it’s all about circumstances. Planning a road trip is a great way to make driving relaxing, as you can avoid traffic, take scenic routes, and even go off road if you’d like. Novelist Jack Kerouac made the American road trip a rite of passage for many generations with his book On the Road, but not everyone has months for a soul-searching drive. Even if you just have a few hours, driving in a low-traffic area is a great way to get rid of stress.

Neil Shah, the author of The 10-Step Stress Solution, notes that drivers may prefer familiar routes if they are overloaded at work or school: “When stressed, our higher brain functions are therefore shut down. Driving to and from work will not require higher brain functions most of the time as it is a known route and familiar traffic condition. This can help clear and re-energise your mind.”

Driving through scenic areas and going off road can also be good for getting your mind off things, a different type of stress relief. That’s because these routes tend to impel drivers to focus on the task on hand or the immediate environment, a great way to momentarily forget your problems.

At Gossett Kia, we certainly enjoy hitting the road, and if doing so also relieves stress, that’s just another great thing about it! If you need a new vehicle before your next road trip, make sure to stop by.

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